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Looking for something to do? Add these Cincinnati Black events to your calendar.

Black Cincinnatians can routinely and affordably enjoy the performing arts, fine arts, entertainers, religious services, professional development training and programs initiatives that help us improve our physical and mental health. We are also very fortunate that nationally-known African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.

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When purchasing your tickets, be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options. The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to acting. If there are events we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.



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Freedom Center ExhibitsWe Who Believe in Freedom Exhibit
Freedom Center
Showing through July 12

Through artistic expression utilizing the canvas of quilts, the artists of Women of Color Quilters Network have produced works reflecting social commentary on the civil rights movement and issues of race in America. Tickets start at $5.



Bootsy Collins entertainment photoNational Newspaper Publishers Association Convention
Corinthian Baptist Church
June 25 – 28

Attend an education resource fair, the Legacy Awards Black-tie dinner, and town hall meeting with leaders in the field of education. Enjoy live entertainment from Bootsy Collins, Corinthian Children’s choir, Kathy Wade and more. Many of these events are free! Tickets to the Legacy Awards Black-tie dinner are $75.


Rupaul drag race cincinnatiRuPaul’s Drag Race
Aronoff Center
July 19

All fifteen Season 11 Queens including A’keria Chanel Davenport, Ariel Versace, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Honey Davenport and more will be werking the runway. Ticket prices range from $47.75 – $123.75 including a great VIP package. Click the link to see how you can get discount tickets. 


Wiz Khalifa CincinnatiWiz Khalifia “The Decent Exposure Tour”
Riverbend Music Center
July 25

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated recording artist Wiz Khalifa’s “The Decent Exposure Tour” has special quests French Montana, Playboi Carti, Moneybagg Yo, Chevy Woods, and DJ Drama. Ticket prices range from $29 – $103. See how you can get discount tickets. 


Cincinnati Music Festival
Paul Brown Stadium
July 25 – 27

Mary J. Blige and Maxwell have just been announced as the headliners. Tamia, Earth Wind and Fire, Kid Capri and more will be hitting the stage. Click the link for more information.


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Porgy and Bess OperaPorgy and Bess Cincinnati
Music Hall
July 27 & 28

For only the second time ever, Cincinnati Opera will present the Gershwins’ great American opera love story Porgy and Bess. Click the link for more information.


Common at Madison Theater

Common Concert
Madison Theater (KY)
August 10

Known as one of the best underground rappers to make a impact in the industry as well as the community, Common is offering new music to every ticket purchaser of this show. Ticket prices range between $48 – $179.



Carlos Santana CincinnatiCarlos Santana Supernatural Tour
Riverbend Music Center
August 10

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana has announced he will hit the road with his band across North America this summer for the Supernatural Now tour featuring the Doobie Brothers. Ticket prices range between $32.75 – $346.50 and discounts are available. Click the link for more information.


Legendary Nights Tour CincinnatiLegendary Nights Tour
Riverbend Music Center
September 3

Two of the biggest names in hip-hop – Meek Mill and Future – announced they will be hitting the road together for the first time ever this fall. The Legendary Nights Tour Cincinnati performance has a star-studded lineup of special guests including YG, Mustard and Megan Thee Stallion. Click the link to see how you can get discount tickets. 


Cincinnati broadway musicalOnce on this Island
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
September 7 – October 6

This Calypso-flavored Broadway musical hit captivates audiences with a vibrant and unforgettable story of a woman who travels far and wide to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Click the link for more information.


Gladys Knight CincinnatiGladys Knight Concert
Taft Theatre
September 13

This seven-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Ticket prices for this concert range from $39.50 – $75.50.


Renée Elise Goldsberry Cincinnati PopsCincinnati Pops featuring Renee Elise Goldsberry
Music Hall
September 13 – 15

Broadway’s original “Angelica Schuyler,” Tony and Grammy-winning star of Hamilton Renée Elise Goldsberry joins John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops for the Orchestra’s for an array of Broadway hits, pop and soul classics, and original songs set to the poetry of Dr. Maya Angelou. Tickets are $25 and up.


Keb’ Mo’ Concert
Memorial Hall
September 15

It all took off for Keb’ Mo’ in 1994 with the self-titled release under his newly coined Keb’ Mo’ moniker, and over the years, he has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels. Ticket prices for this event range from $40 – $75.


Blink-182 & Lil Wayne CincinnatiBlink-182 & Lil Wayne Tour
Riverbend Music Center
September 16

Multi-platinum, award-winning artists Blink-182 and Lil Wayne will be hitting the stage with special guest Neck Deep. Ticket prices range from $37.50-$168.50. Click the link to see how you can get discount tickets. 


Mary S. Stern Lecture Series
Aronoff Center
October 2

The inaugural speaker for this lecture series is Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Tickets are $5.


Lil Duval: Living My Best Life Tour
BogarLil Duval Cincinnatit’s
November 22

Proclaiming himself “Lil Duval” after the county from which he hails, he has literally put his home turf on his back as he touches every nook and cranny available with his special brand of humor and music. Tickets are $49.50 – $65. Click the link to see how you can get discount tickets. 


The Lion King Broadway Musical
Aronoff Center
January 8 – February 2 (2020)

Giraffes strut.  Birds swoop.  Gazelles leap.  The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before.  And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. Tickets for Disney’s The Lion King performance will be available soon.


Cincinnati Pops Gershwin's RhapsodyCincinnati Pops Presents Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Music Hall
January 31 – February 2 (2020)

Celebrated jazz pianist Marcus Roberts makes his Cincinnati Pops debut with John Morris Russell conducting a new take on Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with a jazz combo. The program also includes such Gershwin classics as An American in Paris, the Cuban Overture and selections from Porgy and Bess. Tickets prices range from $25 – $130.


AmericUsAmericUS by Universes Play
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
February 1 –  March 8 (2020)

Fusing theatre, poetry, dance, jazz, hip-hop and down-home blues, Universes will create a compelling portrait of contemporary America. Ticket prices range from $10 – $50.


Cincinnati Pops LedisiCincinnati Pops Featuring Ledisi
Music Hall
February 18 (2020)

In her Cincinnati Pops debut, nine-time Grammy nominee Ledisi offers her “amazing vocal gift” (Rolling Stone) to honor the “High Priestess of Soul,” the late Nina Simone. John Morris Russell conducts iconic songs including “Feeling Good,” “I Put a Spell on You,” and “Young, Gifted and Black” in this one-night-only concert experience. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

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The Voice of Black Cincinnati is a media company designed to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region. Visit our homepage, explore other articles, subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook or text VOBC to 797979 for local news, events, job postings, scholarships and a database of local Black-owned businesses.


Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati


Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


  1. These events are great, but one other important one to add to the list is the Small Business Networking Event on Wednesday April 12th 6pm – 9pm at Full Throttle Indoor Karting. This is a great opportunity for Business owners to Promote their business, Network, Build Relationships, and participate in the Business Go-Karting Challenge. Don’t Miss Out, Get Your Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/small-business-networking-event-sponsored-by-key-spot-tickets-32464590464

  2. Another event to mention is the “HBCU Alumni Day Party Series” which kicks off April 22nd at DJs Sports Tavern from 4-9p. This series is 6 events during a period of 6 months from April to September. The objectives are 1) strengthen the network of HBCU supporters/Alumni in the Cincinnati area. 2) Build positive awareness as it relates to HBCUs. 3) To use some of the proceeds to give back by donating to the schalorship fund of a randomly selected local HBCU Alumni Association.

  3. How nice it is to have information on such a wide diversity of events for the African-American please keep publishing this.

  4. Highlighting the positive flow of black energy through our communities unleashes the music found in the soul!!
    I salute the Voice!!!

  5. I deeply appreciate this media for many reasons, the most important being that it makes a serious attempt to have communication that is relevant to me. The community of Cincinnati is not eclectic in its inclusion of the African American voice; even though we make up approximately 42 precent of the population we have very little choice as ir relates choices of media that connects to our concerns. I thank this publications creators for the refreshing change. Thank you.

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